Chelsea set £38m transfer price that impacts Christopher Nkunku as personal terms issue clear

Chelsea transfer news with the latest rumours before the summer window gets underway with a fresh football.london take on the future of Romelu Lukaku and Nico Williams...READ FULL ARTICLE

Chelsea are expected to be busy in the summer window once again despite not completing a single deal in January. It comes with the Blues seeking to comply with the Premier League’s new and also upcoming financial regulations.

The club are thought to be in need of significant funds coming in before they can truly turn their attention towards fresh arrivals, but that hasn’t stopped them looking for options.

Here, football.london takes a look at the most recent reports and offers a view as to how the deals could be seen. Starting with one of the least value-for-money signings in football history.

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After two loans,. The Belgian is thought to have been looking for a move away from Stamford Bridge last year too before only being able to agree a temporary switch to Roma.

He has managed 20 goals in competitions so far this season, boosted by seven in the Europa League – a competition he is far too good to be playing in – isn’t likely to feature for Chelsea again. Still with two years left on his initial five-year deal, Fabrizio Romano reports that Chelsea will hold out for £38million in order to let him go.

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This would help them secure a break even on the books even despite spending just one year at Stamford Bridge after his £97million transfer from Inter in 2021. Roma aren’t the side to look out for in terms of offers though.

“Even if AS Roma qualifies for the Champions League next season, it’s still going to be very difficult for the Italian club to keep Romelu Lukaku for the 2024/25 season,” he explained. “It’s a really expensive deal with Chelsea as the striker has a £38million clause and also the player’s wages will be high.

“I expect Roma to move on from Lukaku this summer,. There is interest from Saudi Arabia but that is not the only possibility for the striker. The 30-year-old is still young and is still a top player, which he has shown this season by scoring 20 goals in a Roma shirt.”football.london says:

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Athletic Club forward Nico Williams is said to want over £200,000 per week in order to leave his boyhood side this summer., football.london

understands, with Aston Villa also in the mix.

Williams only signed a new deal with the Basque side in December, tying him down until 2027, but it is said that a £43million release clause exists in his deal. Given Chelsea’s aim to lower the wage bill, Williams’ reported demands could throw up an obstacle regardless.

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